The debacle began on Thursday, Nov. 14, when the actor was caught on video yelling what sounded like an anti-gay slur at a paparazzo. The day after the video surfaced, MSNBC announced a two-week suspension of the actor’s talk show and had Alec issue an apology via the network’s website.
Alec wrote: “I did not intend to hurt or offend anyone with my choice of words, but clearly I have – and for that I am deeply sorry. Words are important. I understand that, and will choose mine with great care going forward.”
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On Saturday, however, the 55-year-old star retracted his apology via an independent blog post on The Huffington Post in which Alec denies any wrongdoing, insists he never used a gay slur and bemoans MSNBC's decision to cancel his show. He also claims he is a crusader for LGBT rights.
His daughter Ireland Baldwin has also come to her dad’s defense, writing that her father is “a good man” on her Twitter page.
This is not the first time Alec has come under fire for homophobic remarks. In June, he called a tabloid journalist a “toxic little queen” for writing incorrect statements about his wife via his Twitter account, for which he apologized afterwards.
Despite the latest Baldwin drama, there is some good news for the troubled star. His stalker, Canadian actress Genevieve Sabourin, was sentenced to six months in prison last week for harassing his family.